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David “Dave” D. Kuehl, age 78, of Bear Creek, WI was welcomed into the arms of Jesus and loved ones gone before him on Saturday, October 28, 2023 at the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King, surrounded by loving family.
Dave was born on January 15, 1945 at his family’s home in Clintonville, the son of the late Arthur and Stella (Dieck) Kuehl. He attended St. Martin's Lutheran School and graduated from Clintonville High School. After graduation Dave moved to Milwaukee and did auto body work. Dave was then drafted into the US Army. Dave was extremely patriotic, proud, and honored to have served in the United States Army. Upon his honorable discharge from the United States Army, Dave began working at FWD Seagrave in Clintonville. Dave treasured helping his dad on the home farm. He was a business owner for a time, having his auto body shop at his home. Dave retired from Hillshire Farm/Tyson in New London after many years of service.
Dave married Susan Smith on November 24, 1966.
On October 14, 1989 Dave married Theresa (Green) Meyer in the Chapel in The Woods at The Red Mill in Waupaca, WI.
In Dave’s retirement he put more time into the hobby farm and enjoyed driving for the Amish. Dave and Theresa enjoyed many delicious Amish breakfasts, haystack suppers and pastries. Dave was excited to be asked by his dear friend Tom to work for Kruzicki Enterprises cash cropping. He loved driving the big, fancy farm equipment, being a “few” steps up from his Farmall tractor.
Dave was a man of unwavering faith in his Lord and Savior.
Dave was a loving, devoted husband, a compassionate and caring father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, and loyal friend. He found great joy in his children and grandchildren.
Dave was always smiling, laughing, joking and his arms always welcomed big hugs. His laugh, smile, and dimples are unforgettable.
Dave was a humble, wonderful man with a huge heart and a firm handshake. He was a hard worker and welcomed the challenge to build or repair anything, building two homes with perfection, truly a jack of All trades.
He was a diehard Packer and Badger football fan. He was a farm boy through and through, always having a hobby farm with beef cattle and horses. Deer hunting was a cherished, yearly tradition.
Dave loved to travel, whether it was a cruise to the Bahamas, trips to Mexico, fishing in Canada or trips stateside with Theresa and the family.
Dave always looked for ways to help others. It may have been a car or home repair, farm work, yard work, snow plowing, cutting trees, transportation, or anything someone needed. He was happiest when being around others and helping fulfill their needs. He restored countless old cars and trucks. He took pride in what he did, was a hard dedicated worker and enjoyed every minute. Dave was always ready to go for a drive to look at the growing fields, farms, or to spend time with family and friends. He loved sheepshead, cribbage, cheese, dill pickles, radishes, rice crispy bars and anything lemon flavored.
Dave was a long-standing, active member of the Manawa American Legion Post 226. Dave and Theresa shared their passion on the Manawa Area Veterans Freedom Park Building and Fundraising Committee. They attended many events at the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King, including Wreaths Across America. Dave was honored to be included in the Old Glory Honor Flight – Mission 50 on May 29, 2019, Ashley was blessed to accompany Dad. He also excitedly participated in Ageless Aviation Dream Flights – A flight in a Boeing Stearman biplane. Dream Flights is dedicated to honoring military veterans with the adventure of a lifetime.
Loving Wife: Theresa of Bear Creek
Children: Dean Kuehl of Waupaca, Victoria (Price) Moore of Sheboygan, Valerie (Jeremy) Smith of Waupaca and Ashley (Ross) Mischler of Appleton.
Grandchildren: Tabitha (Casey) Shaurette of Arkansas, Zachary Shepard of Algoma, Megan Shepard of Algoma, Jacob Shepard of Sturgeon Bay, Aiden, Devon and Kylie Smith, Carson Mischler and Logan Moore.
Great-Grandchildren: Isabella, Colton and Katilina Shaurette.
Brother: Jerome (Shirley) Kuehl of Hortonville
Sisters: Joyce Tagliapietra of Clintonville, Judy Vyse of Appleton, and Debbie (Larry) Sprotte of Medford.
Brother-In-Law: Norman Fischer of Marion
Brother & Sister-In-Laws: Vernon and Dawn Green of Inver Grove Heights, MN and Vincent and Judy Green of Clintonville
Many nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.
Loyal Companion: Molly
David was preceded in death by his parents, infant children David, Susan and Richard, sisters Vila Thede, Myra Schmidt and Shirley Fischer, brother-in-laws Lloyd Thede and Glenn Schmidt, son-in-law Jonathan Shepard and mother-in-law Ellen Green.
Dave’s Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 AM Thursday, November 2, 2023 at Family of Christ Church, Clintonville, with the Rev. Bob Adams officiating. Interment will take place at St. Martin Lutheran Cemetery, Town of Larrabee. Military honors will be conducted graveside by: American Legion Stanley-Handrich Post #226, Manawa, of which Dave served as Sergeant at Arms, VFW Post #664, American Legion Post #63, and American Legion Auxiliary Unit #63, all of Clintonville.
Visitation will take place from 4-7 PM on Wednesday, November 1, 2023, at the Eberhardt-Stevenson Funeral Home South (229 S Main St. Clintonville, WI 54929), and again on Thursday at the church from 10:00 AM until the time of service.
Dave’s family would like to express a heartfelt Thank You to the following for their care and support: ThedaCare Hospice; Wisconsin Veterans Home at King; Pastor Bob Adams – Radiant Fellowship, Waupaca; Pastor Steve Devroy – Family of Christ Church, Clintonville; and Troy Stevenson and Jamie Allar, Eberhardt-Stevenson Funeral Home.
An online guestbook is available at eberhardtstevenson.com.